American soldiers take cover as they detonate explosives at a known Taliban hideout in Sharki Mangritay village near the Pakistani border in Bermel district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, December 24, 2008. This building was a known hideout and staging area for insurgents crossing from Pakistan to conduct attacks on Afghan and American forces.
Six years after the U.S. invasion, Afghanistan still seems like a broken country. Correspondent P.J. Tobia vacationed on America's first front in the so-called War on Terror and found a nation that still needs the basics. In his article, he reports on what it's like for the U.S. soldiers who are still trying to paste together scraps of a country.